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7 Easy DIY Enrichment Activities For Dogs

When you’re short on time or the weather is uninviting, enrichment activities are a great way to give your dog some mental stimulation when you can’t give them physical activity. The enrichment activities below are all super simple, take just a few minutes to prepare, and use items that you already have in your house. …

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7 Exercises to Teach Your Dog Impulse Control

Teaching your dog impulse control is an important life skill that can help keep them safe and curb unwanted behaviors like darting out of doorways or jumping on people. Impulse control means teaching your dog to wait for permission before engaging in a specific activity.  Many dog owners struggle with teaching their dogs to wait …

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7 Tips for Finding a Professional Dog Trainer

Working with a professional dog trainer after I adopted Sitka was one of the best decisions I made for the both of us.  I felt resistant at first because I believed that needing to hire a professional meant that I had failed. However, I realized that I had plateaued with my knowledge and wasn’t reaching …

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The Prong Collar: An Amazing Dog Training Tool When Used Correctly

Like many, I learned about balanced dog training and the use of aversive tools like the prong collar and e-collar after exhausting the use of positive reinforcement only training with a challenging dog. Prior to using them, I misunderstood how the tools work, due to widespread misinformation about their usage. After talking with many friends, …

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11 Crate Training Benefits for Your Dog’s Health & Safety

Many dog owners talk about crate training benefits, but if you’re new to dog ownership or you’ve always had a dog that does well free roaming in the home, then you may wonder what the point of crate training is and whether it’s really necessary. The benefits of crating a dog go beyond just keeping …

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9 Tips for Introducing a Nervous Dog to Other Dogs and People

If you have a reactive or nervous dog, it can make life a bit more challenging. It can be especially stressful when it comes to introducing your nervous dog to other dogs and people. I have always had reactive dogs and have a very soft spot for them. They have taught me everything I know …

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7 Helpful Tips for Hiking with a Dog with Leash Reactivity

Hiking with a dog that has leash reactivity can be extremely frustrating. From owners who do not obey leash laws to those who allow their dogs off leash with no recall, finding safe spaces to enjoy the outdoors with your dog takes work, skill, and planning. Other dog owners may tell you that your dog …

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